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Charley Payne


Charley Payne, aged twelve years, a deaf-mute living in the vicinity of Aquilla, was drowned on Friday of last week while bathing in his Fatherís tank. He had been in the habit of going to the tank and Friday at dinner asked permission to go bathing but was refused. Shortly after dinner he was missed, but nothing was thought of his absence, as it was thought he had gone to work. His Mother returned to the tank to gather the clothes she had washed in the forenoon and there discovered his clothes on the bank. A further search led to the discovery of his body. He was found in water about four feet deep, where it was supposed he had been for several hours. He was a bright little fellow and his death is sincerely regretted.

He is the same boy who was kicked on the head by a horse at Mrs. L. E. Duncanís residence in Hillsboro last summer, while in attendance upon the deaf-mute association there, and whose life was despaired of so long.

Whitney Messenger